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What You Didn’t Know About Debra Lee Baldwin

My hobby is making bird feeders out of repurposed objects. I’m highly visual and love to watch wild birds interacting with airy feeders, so I often use candle holders that have multiple votives that I can fill with birdseed.
I sometimes use wire bird cages for feeders. I think it’s fascinating (and ironic) to see wild birds try to squeeze their way into a cage. This one, which is both ornamental bird cage AND candle holder, hangs outside my office window. See more photos (and even videos!) on my Instagram page. 
Most of my birdfeeders are elegant and pretty, which is my preference. But a silly one—made from a brand-new bra (not mine, it’s way too big)—went viral on Facebook a year ago and has since had 26,000,000 views. Yep. Twenty-six. MILLION.
It’s a perfect example of how combining disparate items—in this case birds and bras—creates a third concept that transcends the two. And because it’s amusing, never-seen-before and a bit naughty, people have shared it to a fare-thee-well. Darn. If only I had made even a penny per view!
So here’s something else about me: I come up with clever ideas that don’t make me rich. But that’s another story, and one that’s not as cynical as it sounds. As game and reality show losers invariably say, “Hey, at least I had fun!”

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